37 days in Western Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

37 days in Western Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

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37 days in Western Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
3
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Stuttgart, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Verona, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
10
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  15​min
11
Monza, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
12
Como, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
13
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  5​h 45​min
14
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
15
Thun, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
16
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  1​h
17
Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Edmonton, Canada

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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Dublin Zoo and then examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip maker site .

Edmonton, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 7 hours. Traveling from Edmonton in July, expect nights in Dublin to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Dublin Zoo ©
Dublin Zoo

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum and then stroll through Strand Bloemendaal Aan Zee. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Anne Frank House, then contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, and then identify plant and animal life at Natuurgebied Zwanenwater.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam itinerary planner.

You can fly from Dublin to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Amsterdam is 1 hour. Traveling from Dublin in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Amsterdam, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Strand Bloemendaal Aan Zee, Natuurgebied Zwanenwater
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
De Duif ©
De Duif

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Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate the long history of St. Ursula. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cologne journey planner .

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Cologne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. July in Cologne sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun, Burg Eltz, Burg Thurant
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Burg Eltz ©
Burg Eltz
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun ©
Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Frankfurt holiday website .

Traveling by train from Cologne to Frankfurt takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. You'll set off for Stuttgart on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Frankfurt

Nightlife Historic Sites Parks
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Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Get some cultural insight at Burg Hohenbaden and Maulbronn Monastery. Explore hidden gems such as Sigmaringen Castle and Alternativer Wolf- Und Barenpark Schwarzwald. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Stuttgart: Wasserfallsteig (in Bad Urach) and Baumwipfelpfad Schwarzwald (in Bad Wildbad). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Motorworld Region Stuttgart.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Stuttgart travel app .

Traveling by train from Frankfurt to Stuttgart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Stuttgart can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Baumwipfelpfad Schwarzwald, Burg Hohenbaden, Motorworld Region Stuttgart, Alternativer Wolf- Und Barenpark Schwarzwald, Maulbronn Monastery
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Baumwipfelpfad Schwarzwald ©
Baumwipfelpfad Schwarzwald
Sigmaringen Castle ©
Sigmaringen Castle

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Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Step out of the city life by going to Partnachklamm and Alpseebad. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nymphenburg Palace and Neuschwanstein Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau), Wies Church (in Steingaden) and Donaudurchbruch (in Kelheim). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at English Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asam Church, and examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Munich trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Stuttgart to Munich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hohenschwangau, Wies Church, Partnachklamm, Donaudurchbruch
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Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Schloss Nymphenburg ©
Schloss Nymphenburg

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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Get outdoors at Schmittenhohe and Liechtensteinklamm. Schloss Hellbrunn and Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave in Werfen (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: get great views at Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), admire the striking features of Mirabell Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Salzburg online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Salzburg are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Graz.

Things to do in Salzburg

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Schmittenhohe, Liechtensteinklamm
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schmittenhohe ©
Schmittenhohe
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, explore the activities along Canal Grande, take a stroll through Cannaregio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Venice day trip app .

Drive from Salzburg to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In July, Venice is a bit warmer than Salzburg - with highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ©
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lago di Molveno and Chiesa di Sant'Anastasia. Get some cultural insight at Castel Thun and Arena di Verona. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Verona: Castello Scaligero di Malcesine (in Malcesine), Parco Grotta Cascata Varone (in Tenno) and Parma (Cattedrale di Parma & Battistero di Parma). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Rocca Scaligera di Sirmione, admire the striking features of Palazzo Ducale Mantova, don't miss a visit to Torre dei Lamberti, and take a tour by water with La Barca di Salvo.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Verona travel route builder site .

Take a train from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Parma, Mantua, Sirmione, Parco Grotta Cascata Varone, Scaliger Castle in Malcesine
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Lago di Molveno ©
Lago di Molveno
Castel Thun ©
Castel Thun
Chiesa di Sant'Anastasia ©
Chiesa di Sant'Anastasia

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Milan day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Verona to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Milan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Monza.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano

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Monza, Italy

Monza ©
Monza is a city and comune on the River Lambro, a tributary of the Po in the Lombardy region of Italy, about 15km north-northeast of Milan. Get outdoors at Lago d'Iseo and Santuario Cornabusa. Clusone and Danza macabra are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monza: Parco del Lago di Endine (in Spinone Al Lago), Valle Vertova (in Vertova) and Castello di Malpaga (in Cavernago). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario di Caravaggio - Santa Maria del Fronte.

Find out how to plan Monza trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Monza is very close to Milan. In July, daytime highs in Monza are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Como.

Things to do in Monza

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Clusone, Castello di Malpaga, Lago d'Iseo, Parco del Lago di Endine, Santuario Cornabusa
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Lago d'Iseo ©
Lago d'Iseo
Santuario Cornabusa ©
Santuario Cornabusa

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Como, Italy

Como ©
Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Riserva Naturale Val di Mello and Sacro Monte. Visit Castello di Vezio and Abbazia di San Pietro al Monte for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Como: Forte Montecchio Nord (in Colico) and Lago di Mergozzo (in Mergozzo). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo).

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Como tour builder tool .

Como is just a stone's throw from Monza. In August in Como, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Lugano.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sacro Monte, Castello di Vezio, Forte Montecchio Nord, Abbazia di San Pietro al Monte, Lago di Mergozzo
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Cathedral of Como (Duomo) ©
Cathedral of Como (Duomo)
Sacro Monte ©
Sacro Monte
Castello di Vezio ©
Castello di Vezio

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Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Sasso Corbaro Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, and then kick back and relax at Lido di Lugano.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lugano trip itinerary maker .

Lugano is just a short distance from Como. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bellinzona
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Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Castle of Sasso Corbaro ©
Castle of Sasso Corbaro

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Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stroll through The Eiger Trail and then hit the slopes at Maennlichen.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald driving holiday planning app .

Getting from Lugano to Grindelwald by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Thun.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen

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Thun, Switzerland

Thun ©
Thun is a town and a municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland with about 43,783 inhabitants, as of 31 December 2013.It is located where the Aare flows out of Lake Thun, 30km south of Bern.Besides tourism, machine and precision instrument engineering, the largest garrison in the country, the food industry, armaments and publishing are of economic importance to Thun.The official language of Thun is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe area of what is now Thun was inhabited since the Neolithic age (mid-3rd millennium BC). Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Adelboden and then Head underground at St. Beatus Hoehlen. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Simmenfalle, let the kids burn off some steam at Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen, and finally step into the grandiose world of Spiez Castle.

Before you visit Thun, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Grindelwald to Thun by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Thun

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Lenk im Simmental, Adelboden, Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen, St. Beatus Hoehlen
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Adelboden ©
Adelboden
Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen ©
Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen
Spiez Castle ©
Spiez Castle

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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then identify plant and animal life at Verenaschlucht, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tierpark Dahlholzli.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bern online driving holiday planner .

Bern is very close to Thun. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castle of Gruyeres, Verenaschlucht
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Castle of Gruyeres ©
Castle of Gruyeres
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Verenaschlucht ©
Verenaschlucht

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Bern to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Zurich, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Old Town ©
Old Town

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